Huge thanks go to Matt Smith for these wonderful sources and his masterful transfer and patch work!!!
The aud reel is courtesy of Don Wolfe and the second board reel is from Pat Lee. Huge thanks guys!!!
* as Matt puts it, "the first part of Dark Star is MR>D>CD, then it goes into the AUD which is MAR>?>R@3 @ ips., and then into the MR>A77>A77@ 71/2 ips>CD. The term A77 in the lineage denotes a Revox A77 reel to reel deck. There is also a patch in Lovelight at the end with the AUD. This is a perfect example how a reel transfer despite its lineage can blow away a MR>D>CD source. The reel version is so much richer than the circulating version."
February 12, 2013 Subject:
The recording is very tinny & needs some EQing. Actually I'd call it harsh, up until Dark Star. I guess maybe the venue itself sounded bad, and when they played this very mellow Dark Star they were trying to mellow all the harsh out...but that's speculation. The part where the guest musicians come in is very mesmerising, as are the source switches, unintentionally having the kind of effect Garcia was always trying to achieve with his playing at this point in history. In all I like it, but could hope for a better recording.
Ajahn Brahm was in Ottawa last week, in time for Canada Day! He gave a talk at the University of Ottawa and lead a meditation the following morning. It was inspiring to be in his (strong) presence, in large part because of the love and kindness that he showed in his interactions with people and the good humour he showed at every turn. And doesn’t mince his words, either!
I bought his book, Mindfulness Bliss and Beyond (you can read the first few chapters on line) in which he advocates the practice of Jhana meditation as the path to enlightenment.
There are other meditation teachers who teach this path. Bhante Gunarathana is one – you can get a whole medition course on CD that teaches the Jhanas. Leigh Brasington also teaches Jhana retreats and has done so in the Ottawa region in the past – I think he’s scheduled to give another one in 2009.
But I’ve never seen a Thai Forest monk put such emphasis on this method. On page 63 of his book Ajahn Brahm says (regarding the 4th Jhana):
That’s the pinnacle of mindfulness…. That’s as powerful as mindfulness can get. Once you have experienced that level of mindfulness, then you will know for yourself how ridiculous it is to think that you can become enlightened without Jhana.
I find this assertion — that enlightenment is impossible without Jhanas — astonishing. Not that I have any opinion about whether this is true or not from personal experience. It’s just that I didn’t think that any particular experience (in the historical dimension) was a pre-requisite for elightenement. I didn’t even think meditation was required at all!
I guess I worry that statements like that can set up expectations in us mere (lay) mortals that there’s no hope for us unless we dedicate our lives to formal practice. Sometimes I like to remember a talk by Sr. Chan Duc in which she described meditation as the practice of opening the windows in your house to enable the winds of grace to enter.
Some of us try so so hard to be good, to meditate, to develop virtues…. and yet we continue to suffer because we haven’t been able to let go. So this kind of statement “Enlightenment -> Jhanas” induces the thought – “I’ve got to ‘get’ Jhanas” – one more thing to attain! When perhaps all that can be hoped for is to make sure the windows are open.
February 11, 2013 Subject:
my source of choice -
This one has all the patches you need to keep from getting all tangled up in your dancing-bear deadhead underwear - it's really as clear as a bell to listen to, and the band comes through in this pretty classic performance.
Aside from the fire of the Other One jam we join, and, of course, the rousing final act, the music has that stripped-down, bare-bones electric feel that is so definitive of this era.
Dark Star is giddy, jazzy fun, the Spanish Jam drips and oozes, and Lovelight's guitar attack is positively overwhelming.
Set 2!!! Lovelight with Greg Allman and Pigpen on vocals... classic show!
January 23, 2011 Subject:
One of the most laid back Dark Stars out there. A def download for deadheads and the other one is sick to
December 1, 2010 Subject:
One of the best Spanish Jam they ever played.
February 13, 2010 Subject:
nice to get a version of this ds uncut, amazing show with ABB, great great great
June 5, 2009 Subject:
This is an upgrade that is not to be missed. It sounds like the SBD portion of Dark Star is much longer than previously circulated versions. The complete second set audience recording is not to be missed either! This is an ESSENTIAL show! Even Phil took time out to write a blow by blow account in his book Searching For The Sound.
June 1, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live In Concert" at the Fillmore East, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
~Classic Super 70' Soundboard~
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1970 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
Here's one way to download this show:
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1970.
May 31, 2009 Subject:
Jerry & Duane Greg & Pig Pen!!!!!
It's amazing to hear all of these legendary musicians on the same stage!! Talk about an allstar jam!!!! Lovelight is amazing with Greg & Pig trading off on the vocals,and all the guitar playing is on fire!!We are so blessed to have this recording to document an otherwise unbelievable performance!!!